Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex “marriages” are now the “law of the land” a lot talk has been stirred up about LGBTQ issues. Unfortunately, most of it has not been very thoughtful. My goal here is to cut through the emotional fog in order to get to the truth of the matter. I will list some popular myths below and apply the Bible and good, old-fashioned common sense to them.
The Supreme Court has redefined marriage.
Marriage is a religious institution, founded by God before any kind of human government. No government has authority to redefine it. They may as well have ruled that squares are now circles. This is why I put marriage in quotation marks when referring to same-sex “marriage.”
Jesus never condemned homosexuality, so Christians should affirm LGBT behavior and support same-sex “marriage.”
Just because the Bible does not record anything from Jesus said condemning LGBT behavior does not mean that He endorsed LGBT behavior. We don’t have any recorded teaching from Jesus that bestiality is immoral either. Does that make bestiality morally acceptable?
Because this purports to be a biblical argument, we must take the entire Bible in to account to determine Jesus’ views on LGBT behavior. According to the Scriptures, Jesus was a Jewish rabbi who affirmed God’s Law. The Law teaches that homosexual sex is an abomination. Jesus also upheld marriage between one man and one woman as God’s design and ideal, which is clearly opposed to the idea of same-sex “marriage,” even if Jesus never made any explicit comments about LGBT behavior that we know of.
If you believe that LGBT behavior is immoral because of what the Bible says, you have to believe that eating pork and shellfish is immoral too.
This has become a popular argument in this age of biblical illiteracy. While it is true that the Law also referred both to eating certain animals and having same-sex relations an abomination, even in passages about dietary laws it says that these animals are unclean for you. You refers to the nation of Israel. There are certain ceremonial aspects of the Law which were only intended for the Israelites under the old covenant. These laws were intended to distinguish Israel from the other nations of the world. It was also forbidden to breed hybrid cattle, sow more than one type of seed in a field, or wear clothing made of more than one type of fabric.
These ceremonial laws are no longer observed under the new covenant, not because Christians are inconsistent, but because they consistently follow the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles. Jesus declared all foods clean. The Apostles later sent a letter to new Gentile converts in Antioch, advising them not to be concerned with ceremonial laws such as circumcision and dietary laws. The moral aspects of the Law are still observed by Christians. The Apostle Paul clearly condemned homosexuality in his letters to the Romans,Corinthians, and Timothy. This means that pork is no longer an abomination, but LGBT behavior still is.
We don’t really know what the Greek word typically translated “homosexual” in 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 actually means. Our best guess is that it might be a reference to shrine prostitution.
Proponents of this argument take advantage of the average church goers’ ignorance of biblical Greek. Paul actually coined a new Greek word from two words used in the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the Septuagint. Leviticus 18:22 in English (ESV) says, You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. In Greek the verse is, meta arsenos ou koimethesekoiten gunaikos. Paul combined arsenos (male) with koiten (to lie with sexually) to create the new term arsenokoitai for homosexuals. This is not really difficult to understand as long as one is not trying to suppress the truth in unrighteousness.
There is nothing Christians can do to stop the moral decline of this nation.
If this is what you are thinking, perhaps your god is too small. Our standard is not the U.S. Supreme Court, the court of public opinion, our personal feelings or opinions, or the mass media. Our supreme standard is the Bible, God’s Word. The God of the Bible is still on His throne, and is King forever. When the nations rebel against Him, He doesn’t worry–He laughs at them! Far from losing this fight, we always have the victory in Jesus.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-19, ESV